What’s new at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR

In the spring of 2020, the progress of Dynamic Dunescapes project work in Lincolnshire has of course been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Here's an update on what we have been able to do at Saltfleetby-Theedlethorpe NNR.


Changes due to coronavirus 

Like most job sectors, we have been impacted by recent health restrictions. On-site work has been limited due to closure of the reserve office and because staff have had to work from home. Fortunately, we are beginning to see changes that allow more reserve work to take place and look forward to making up for lost time when full duties can resume.

New fencing at Sea View

We have replaced the fencing enclosure directly north of Sea View and formed a new enclosure which continues to the north. The fencing is sturdy enough to contain livestock whilst still allowing wildlife movement.

Grazing is important because it creates a variety of grass lengths with patches of bare sand. This encourages a specialist range of plants and invertebrates to thrive. Find out more about this in our new fencing blog post.

Lincs Fences 1

Future work

With relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, we hope to return to more ‘normal’ duties in the near future. These will involve general habitat management and public access works, maintaining the reserve in the best condition for both people and nature. We also plan to replace the steps and viewing platform at Rimac, as a larger project over the coming months.


What to look out for at the reserve

It is a great time of the year for a range of emerging wildflowers, including several species of orchid that will brighten up even the dullest day! These attract a huge number of invertebrate species; butterflies, dragonflies, and all kinds of intriguing minibeasts to be found amongst the vegetation.

Summer migrant bird species will also be around for a couple more months before undertaking their long journey south in the early autumn. Chiffchaffs and cuckoos for example, are difficult to spot but their memorable song is often heard about the reserve.

Bee orchid. Image: Owen Beaumont
Bee orchid. Image: Owen Beaumont
Cuckoo. Image: Owen Beaumont
Cuckoo. Image: Owen Beaumont
Tish Cookson - Lincolnshire

About the Author

Tish Cookson
People Engagement Officer, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

My background is in zoology and conservation, but my heart is in finding ways for communities to connect with nature. I’ve come to realise that people find it easier to protect what they care about, and often only care about what they have experienced. I’m thrilled to be a part of this project because it's an opportunity for more people to learn the benefits of the outdoors, discover wildlife wonders on their doorstep and help protect Europe’s most threatened habitat.